National Team Development Program squads return to Michigan after their respective international tournaments. The U.S. National Under-18 Team hosts two games at USA Hockey Arena while the U.S. National Under-17 Team has a bye week.
SEASON CONTINUES: Fresh off a win at the Five Nations Tournament in Switzerland, the U18s host the Youngstown Phantoms on Friday and the Niagara University Purple Eagles on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. both nights.
The U18s posted a perfect 4-0 mark at the Five Nations Tournament with wins over the Czech Republic (3-1 on Nov. 4), Sweden (4-3 on Nov. 5), Finland (5-2 on Nov. 7) and Switzerland (7-0 on Nov. 8).
Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn.), Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) and Will Lockwood (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) each scored in the win over the Czech Republic. Goalie Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) stopped 19 of 20 shots to earn the win.
Trent Frederic (St. Louis, Mo.) tallied the game winner with 32 seconds left in the second period against Sweden. Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.), Graham McPhee (Bethesda, Md.) and Bellows also scored. In goal, Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo.) kicked out 20 shots.
In the win over Finland, Keller paced the offense with two goals while Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn.), James Sanchez (Northbrook, Ill.) and Anderson had single tallies. Oettinger finished with 10 stops in goal.
Bellows and Keller each scored two goals while Woll stopped all 16 shots in the shutout victory over Switzerland. Lockwood, Nick Pastujov (Bradenton, Fla.) and Keenan Suthers (Macomb, Mich.) recorded single tallies.
BYE WEEK: Following a sixth-place finish at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, the U17s will enjoy a bye week and return to action Nov. 20 against the Fargo Force at USA Hockey Arena.
The U17s won Group A at the World Hockey Challenge with a perfect 3-0 mark, beating the Czech Republic (6-1 on Nov. 1), Canada White (7-5 on Nov. 2) and Canada Black (6-1 on Nov. 3). However, they dropped a pair of one-goal games in the playoffs, falling 5-4 to Sweden in the quarterfinals on Nov. 5 and 5-4 to Finland in overtime in the fifth-place game on Nov. 6.
Against Sweden, Sean Dhooghe (Aurora, Ill.) tallied a pair of goals while Max Gildon (Plano, Texas) and Logan Hutsko (North Caldwell, N.J.) added single tallies. Goalies Adam Scheel (Lakewood, Ohio) and Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) combined for 20 saves.
Scott Reedy (Prior Lake, Minn.) tallied a pair of goals to lead the offense against Finland. Sasha Chmelevski (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Quinn Hughes (Orlando, Fla.) had the other goals. St. Cyr finished with 35 saves.
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